Parents urged to fireproof homes

The Western Cape Health Department urged parents to fireproof their homes.

Western Cape fire. Picture: Nathan Adams

CAPE TOWN - As temperatures decrease, the Western Cape Health Department urged parents to fire proof their homes.

This past week, a two-year-old boy died in a shack fire in the Happy Valley informal settlement near Blackheath.

A five-year-old boy suffered third degree burns in the same fire.

Western Cape Health Department spokesperson Darren Francis said, "We treat approximately 1,200 patients per year and a further 2,000 out patients at Red Cross and we have noticed that in winter months, there is a peak in burns."